University of Melbourne to Unify its Electronic Resources with MetaLib, SFX and DigiTool

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, Ex Libris (Australia) is pleased to announce that the University of Melbourne has chosen to enhance its information delivery systems with the introduction of the MetaLib® federated searching portal, the SFX® context-sensitive link resolver, and the DigiTool digital asset management system.

According to Nicki McLaurin Smith, Director, Information Management at the University of Melbourne: ''The University's search for the right suite of products began in 2001 with a vision to provide simplified but sophisticated search and discovery technology for its 40,000 staff and students. Combining this with leading edge digital asset management capability has been an important plank in the overall information strategy pursued by the University in order to support its teaching, learning and research. Opportunities to integrate with other systems, such as our Blackboard Learning Management system, were also at the forefront of our choice of the Ex Libris suite of products.''

''We look forward to implementing DigiTool at the University of Melbourne'', says Claudette Pope, Managing Director of Ex Libris Australia, ''as their implementation will coincide with the release of DigiTool version 3.0 and its evolution as an institutional repository. It is also a pleasure to welcome the University of Melbourne to the considerable group of Australian MetaLib and SFX customers''.

About the University of Melbourne

From its beginning in 1854 in one room, the University of Melbourne Library has grown to be the pre-eminent research library in the state of Victoria and is one of Australia’s leading academic libraries.

The Library’s collection of over 3.5 million items in 20 languages is held in 22 branch libraries located on all the University’s campuses across Victoria. The University Archives (Australia’s largest archive collection outside the National Archives) and the Grainger Collection (Australia’s only music museum collection) are also part of the University of Melbourne Library.

The Library’s collections cover all the subjects taught at the University and include:

Over 3 million volumes on paper - books, serials and newspapers, long runs of scientific and technical journals, and parliamentary papers

Over 40,000 online and electronic items - journal titles, databases, microforms and other reference resources

Sound and vision material including music scores and recordings, DVD/video/film and other audio-visual materials, maps, teaching aids, exam papers and theses, archival records, photographs and online image bank

Internationally significant special collections that include old and rare items of Australiana, botany literature, geology, art prints and incunabula.
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About Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centres, and researchers who are supported by several offices and distributors around the world. DigiTool, our solution for the construction of digital collections, has now been purchased by more than 25 organisations worldwide. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for diverse electronic resources, have collectively been purchased by more than 700 customers in 34 countries. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at more than 1250 sites and consortia in over 51 countries. Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, is the newest addition to the Ex Libris product suite.

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